Office of International Programs

Brown in Granada/CASA Intensive Language and Hispanic Studies Program

At a Glance
City: Granada
PartnerUniversity of Granada
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Spanish families
Language requirement Beginner-Intermediate language levels accommodated
Calendar: Fall or Spring Semesters  
Accepts Non-Brown students: Space-available basis


Beginning with the Fall 2016 academic term, the Brown in Granada program will transition to the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Program (CASA Spain) in Granada. CASA is a non-profit consortium of nine leading United States research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Spain program in Granada is Brown University.

The Granada Intensive Language and Hispanic Studies Program offers different tracks in order to accommodate students with varying levels of Spanish language proficiency.  Students should use the following guidelines to determine the appropriate track for their semester in Granada:

Level I: Intensive Spanish Language Studies (CILE)

The CILE track is designed to immerse students fully in the Spanish language and is ideal for students who have completed first- or second-semester college-level Spanish or less (HISP 0200 or lower for Brown students). The program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students), are taught by expert Spanish language instructors who utilize a highly communicative and dynamic approach in the classroom.  Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. A student can expect to progress through approximately three language levels (maximum of four in some cases) over the course of the semester.  A student’s class schedule may vary each month according to the time their level is offered (morning session or afternoon session). 

Level II: Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) 

The CEH track is most appropriate for students who are at the intermediate-high or low-advanced level of Spanish (HISP 0300-0500 for Brown students) prior to arrival. Level II students take Speaking and Writing Skills(required) and four additional classes taught in Spanish from the following subject areas: Linguistics, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, Chinese, etc.). Course descriptions are available here. Fall-semester students take a one-month intensive language class prior to the start of CEH classes, and typically take 4 courses during the rest of the semester. Spring-semester students enter CEH classes directly with no intensive language class beforehand, and therefore typically take 5 courses during the semester.

Placement Process

Students take a language placement test administered by the Center for Modern Languages upon arrival and are subsequently placed in the appropriate level of instruction – i.e., either the Level I Intensive Language Studies Track (CILE) or the Level II Hispanic Studies Track (CEH). Level II students must place into the appropriate level according to the semester (level 6 in the fall; level 7 in the spring). To enter into the Hispanic Studies Track, students must have surpassed level B2.1 Spanish (CLM 6 Advanced).  

Students who apply to the Granada program must indicate in their application whether they wish to apply to the Intensive Spanish Language Track (Level I - CILE) or to the Hispanic Studies Track (Level II - CEH). Final determination of the student's program track and course of study is based on the placement exam that each student must take on-site at the program’s start. Students whose Spanish level is not definitive prior to departure should remain flexible about attending either the Level I or Level II track until their placement exam results are known

Host Institution

The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V, is one of the oldest in Europe. Its Islamic roots go back to the original Palacio de la Madraza, founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I. For almost 500 years, the University has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition and a important center of education among Europe’s universities. Today, it is a comprehensive university with stunning architecture that spans from the 16th century to the present. With seven campuses, over 60,000 students, and vast range of courses offered, the University of Granada is one of the largest universities in Spain.  

The University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) specializes in the delivery of an intensive Spanish language program appropriate for serious Brown students from across academic disciplines interested in acquiring the reading, writing and oral proficiencies necessary to communicate effectively in the Spanish language. Recognized by the Cervantes Institute for excellence in the delivery of a broad array of language programs, the CLM is a pioneer in Spanish language instruction for international students, with origins that date to the delivery of its first program nearly 50 years ago. 

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.  Please refer to the 2015/16 program calendar (Intensive Language or Hispanic Studies) for more specific information about program dates.

Fall: End of August – Late December

Spring: Late January – Late May (Level II) / Early June (Level I)


Students will be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program.

On-Site Support

CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Brown in Granada program is open to undergraduate students from Brown. Applications from visiting students from non-CASA member institutions may be considered on a space available basis.

Students must be in good academic and judicial standing and have completed the appropriate level of college level Spanish, or the equivalent, as explained above, before beginning studies in Spain.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the left side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.

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